A wonderful life — Mary Ann Svoboda, 101, passed away Wednesday at The Villa at Lincoln Park. Born in Racine, July 18, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Nee: Halcsik) Walek and was a lifelong Racine resident.

On June 7, 1941 she married Edward J. Svoboda, who preceded her in death in 1994. Mary retired from Goldblatts after 25 years of service. An active and longtime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, Mary had a great zest for life. She bowled up until she turned 90. She golfed in her younger years, worked many years at the voting polls, knitted, played bingo, and loved bird watching. Most of all, she cherished time with her family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her sister, Cele Muelver of Racine; and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother and sisters, Joseph (Mildred) Walek, Elizabeth (Walter) Malchow, Lucille (Vaughn) Rasmussen; and brother-in- law, Robert Muelver.

Funeral Details For Mary Ann Svboda

With Rev. Javier Guativa officiating, a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Avenue. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park, 9000 Washington Ave. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Lucy’s Catholic Church would be appreciated.

Mary’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Mary’s neighbors, her wonderful friends, the Anderson and D’Acquisto families, who graciously helped her throughout the years, and to the entire staff at The Villa at Lincoln Park for their compassionate and loving care.

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